Rolex Oyster Perpetual 116000

Par Florian Matrion, le 12 février 2011
Oyster Perpetual 116000
Oyster Perpetual 116000
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A true heir to the first Oyster Perpetual launched in 1931, the current model is a perfect example of the Rolex know-how. Let's check out this watch, before your wife starts taking it for granted!
Exclusive! review of the Oyster Perpetual 116000. Manufacturer data, photos, editor's opinion and watch retail price on thewatchobserver.co.uk
L'avis de la rédaction
71.5/100
Note des internautes
86/100

Slideshow= 13 photos to see this watch from every angle

 

Special thanks to Tempoinverso.com who lent us the watch tested for this review.

 

High standards designing

Even though the Oyster Perpetual is the brand's most affordable model, there's absolutely nothing cheap with it!
The high-level qualities of this watch immediately become crystal-clear once you hold it.
Finishing of the dial, the bezel, the case, and so forth: everything here mirrors the will of maintaining the highest standards.

This Oyster has all of the high-standard breakthroughs of the brand's entire line of products -  including these smooth evolutions that inspire its faultfinders in saying the brand never releases anything new.

 

A more massive model compared to its forerunners

In the manner of its Datejust, Submariner and GMT cousins, the Oyster Perpetual has broader lugs that give its case a more massive touch while leaving the diameter unchanged.
Actually, in opposition to current trends, that somehow tend towards manufacturing "watches on steroids", our Oyster stays with its 36 mm, the perfect size for a discreet, elegant watch.

 

In the manner of its Datejust, Submariner and GMT cousins, the Oyster Perpetual has broader lugs that give its case a more massive touch while leaving the diameter unchanged.

 

The size of the dial's indexes has also been increased.

Only the faceted stick-shaped hands remain unchanged.

The dial here has a beautiful yet very discreet silvered sunray finishing.

The smooth, polished steel bezel makes this discreet size even more present - maybe just a little too much for the purists whose preference will stay with the fluted bezel, core-located in the Rolex identity.

 

The strap has also undergone a "weight gain diet", being now equipped with full end-pieces (with an almost perfect adjusting to the case), full links together with a massive clasp that replaces the previous one that was in folded sheet metal.

Insofar as Rolex has been criticized on a regular basis for its straps' perceived quality, we'd really be pushing it now by starting to complain about the brand's evolution: everything here helps bringing about the feel of a solid watch!

And yet, once on the scales, it appears there is no shocking weight difference with the previous generation. And, once you're wearing it, you realize there are actually no notable changes with previous Oysters: it's absolutely comfortable, no matter the size of your wrist.

 

A solid and reliable watch

On the calibre side, we're still in the presence of the 3130, the manufacture of its movement stemming from the famous 3135 – which is already on the Yacht-Master, the Sea-Dweller and the Datejust, for instance. The date function has been removed.
Its balance runs at 28.800 beats per hour, under a crossing bridge with its adjustable height.
We're definitely talking solidity and reliability here!

 

Nighttime legibility is here excellent!

This Oyster's finishing has been done with care and efficiency.
After all, that's exactly what we'd expect from Rolex: to stay true to its (well-deserved) reputation of solidity, reliability and tradition.

But don't get me wrong: if this discreet model makes this Oyster looks dressy, the fact remains that it's a fully multipurpose watch!
You can wear it on the beach, thanks to its 100 meters (300 feet) water-resistance, and its general finishing along with its sobriety, will perfectly match any suit and tie environment.

 

Conclusions

This Rolex Oyster Perpetual has received the benefits of an all-smooth evolution, for a quality-improved model that stays true to its lineage.

 

It is an excellent alternative for anyone looking for a watch that can adapt to any situation.
Its contained size makes it a very elegant watch, and its perfect manufacturing guarantees flawless functioning.

 

The +:

  • multipurpose watch: sports & dressy  
  • precise, tireless calibre   
  • improved finishing compared to the previous generation 

 

The –:

  • the polished bezel, a little dull maybe, compared to the fluted bezel  
  • a diametre that may prove too small for those attached to current standards 
  • for everyone else: watch out, because this is a watch your wife will soon make her own!

 

Additional information:

  • tester's wrist size: 17.5 cm
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L'avis de la rédaction 71.5/100

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Rapport qualité / prix (/15)
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Note des internautes 86/100

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